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Al Jazeera America
May 3, 2014 8:00pm EDT
dozens of pro-russia activists, many in a clash. today the city held visuals to commemorate the dead. at this hour ukraine inches closer to civil war. the military is stepping up its offensive. the conflict is spreading to other parts of the country. paul brennan has the latest from the eastern city of konstantinovka. >> reporter: burning cars and dabry were evidence of what looked like a day of fighting between ukranian soldiers and pro-russian separatists. vehicles and tyres became barricades, set alike to try to keep the government troops at bay. >> there's a lot of victims from both sides, from the civilians and fighters. people who were going to work were insecured jurd. there were a lot of injured and dead. shooting at buildings. >> a stockpile of petrol bombs were at hand. it didn't stop the vaps of vehicles, nor did the angry chants of residents. check points are controlling traffic in and out. >> not all traffic has been halted. after eight days in captivity, a convoy carrying a team of o.s.c. observers made it through. on a road side north of donetsk they embraced freedom w
Al Jazeera America
May 3, 2014 6:00pm EDT
ukrainian soldiers and pro-russia separatists. vehicles and tires have become makeshift barricades set alight to try to keep the government troops at bay. >> translator: there are a lot of victims from both sides, from the civilians and the fighters at the checkpoint. people are simply going to work were injured. there were a lot of injured and a lot of dead. they were shooting at buildings from the tanks for about half an hour. >> a stockpile of petrol bombs was on hand to throw at soldiers who came near. it didn't stop the advance of armored vehicles nor did the angry chant did of residents. checkpoints are now controlling traffic in and out. but not all traffic has been halted. after eight days in captivity, a convoy carrying a team of osce observers did make it through. they embraced freedom with an over powering sense of relief. a carefully coregraved happenedover. >> you can't imagine. it's happiness, deep relief. the situation was really tough the last two nights as we saw the situation developing every minute gets longer. and finally, with the cooperation of all of the key pla
Al Jazeera America
May 3, 2014 1:00pm EDT
of the leader. now he's sending airplanes there and that is a threat to eastern ukraine. russia is not a calming force in ukraine. >> how different is this from the other a countrys that we have seen this happening like georgia? >> it is different than georgia in a key way, that is often overlooked. in 2008, the regions had not be under a meaningful sovereignty for over a decade. that is not true in eastern decade. >> this is meaningful? >> this is more meanful and more aggressive efforts. this forces went into russia in 2008. this is a more and lasted much longer in ukraine, this is a more serious and dangerous situation. >> coming back to this, how did kiev lose control of the strong holds and what can they do to regain the control? >> kiev, i'm not sure used that language, you have had a very divided population in ukraine, and you have had weak institutions that can't bring a divided country today. we have division in the united states too. but our institutions reasonably well to keep it together. that is not happening in ukraine. following the ousting or the democratic revolution in february
Al Jazeera America
May 3, 2014 12:00pm EDT
>> observes are freed in the eastern ukraine as kiev is continuing the offensive against russia offenses. you shall watching al jazeera live from the headquarters. more than 2,000 are feared dead after a landslide in african. >> no release for the al jazeera a journalists being held in e gyp. a former child soldier goes home. >> we begin in ukraine where a second day of military action is underway as a government in kiev is trying to take about the strong holds in the east. pro russian groups are asking to protect the civilians. they have freed 7 military observes taken hostage over a week ago. >> on a roadside they embraced freedom with a sense of relief, a handover bringing the end, 8 day captivity of the observers. >> you can't imagine, it is happiness. deep relief. the situation was really tough. the last two nights as we saw the situation developing, every minute gets longer and finally with the cooperation of all of the key players went perfectly. thank you very uch many -- much. >> the men looked tired and the nerves were obvious to see. they had been obtained. the releas
Al Jazeera America
May 3, 2014 7:00am EDT
. max im, good morning to you. odessa has been pro-russia, why are things coming to a head now? is this in response to conflicts elsewhere or have things always been this tense? >> what we see now is two hot spots in ukraine. eastern ukraine with an anti-terrorist operation that is being pursued in the east with an active battle going on on the outskirts of slovyansk. of course, top attention right now is on odessa, with that horrific day yesterday when we saw the deadly clashes. the death toll continues to climb, and right now we know of 46 dead. but a lot of injured people are still being treated in hospitals. >> max im, you mentioned the active battle happening in odessa and the conflicts. where is the conflict headed and what message does it send to other areas of ukraine. >> i think right now russia is trying actively to pursue the scenario to stablilize the situation in eastern ukraine. despite the public talks and statements from russian foreign minister or officials. what we have on the ground is that rush job operators are working there and the main goal is to get the
Al Jazeera America
May 3, 2014 6:00am EDT
casualties. russia today, the creme line official tv station is reporting 10 casualties in the operation. no word from the ukranian official side as to casualties from the official side at least. >> thank you very much. brep live in -- paul brennan live in donetsk. >>> russia condemns ukraine over what it calls kiev's criminal use of force after the death of activists in the black sea city of odessa. 31 were killed, more than 100 arrested. the southern port of the odessa is far from where the fighting is taking place in don esque, where paul brennan has been reporting from. hoda abdel-hamid reports. >> reporter: the trade union building was set on fire after a day of clashes between pro-russian and pro-unity demonstrators, carrying the blue and yellow flag of ukraine. the intensity of the smoke sends some jumping for their lives, out of windows of dozens of others died suffocating. the building had been the headquarters of pro-russian protesters for over a month. ukranian police had been deployed earlier in the day. they were unable to restrain either side. >> the clashes underlined the
Al Jazeera America
May 3, 2014 3:00am EDT
there. the other thing is that russia, the kremlin backed channel, the 10 residents were killed during the operation to take back control of that tv tower - obviously we have no independent corroboration of that before, that's what russia today is saying this morning. >> the interior minister said he will not stop. what do you think he means by that. >> well, i think - listen, he's something of a maverick. he makes official statements via facebook rather than the official ministry website. i think his sentiment is expressing what is in line with the ukranian kiev government has been saying for days. i came from kiev yesterday. the acting president there, mr oleksandr turchynov was insisting that the cheest would not be a -- east would not be allowed to slip away. he introduced conscription for 18-25-year-olds across ukraine. they could be getting september out as early as monday next week. there's a determination in ukraine and in kiev in particular, of course, that the east of ukraine is not just going to be allowed to be taken over by what kiev says are professional mercenaries, dire
Al Jazeera America
May 2, 2014 11:00pm EDT
by side in the rose garden and spoke with one voice threatening broader sanctions against russia if it continues to foment violence in ukraine. >> if in fact we see the disruptions and the destabilizations continuing so severely that it impedes elections on may 25th we will not have a choice but to move forward with additional more severe sanction he. >> translator: i agree with the american president that they are not an end in itself, but combined with an offer that we want diplomatic solutions it is a very necessary second component to show that we're serious, serious about our principles. >> what form sanctions would take is still in question. president obama has pressed european leaders to press sectors. >> energy flows from russia to europe, those continued even in the midst of the cold war. at the height of the cold war. so the idea that you are going to turn off the tap on all the russian oil or natural gas exports i think is unrealistic. >> reporter: president obama said sectorsto could hit lines of trade. the two being leaders had their first meetings in almost two
Al Jazeera America
May 2, 2014 8:00pm EDT
the russian border at a dangerous new level. russia warns of consequences. >> we are right in the city and they don't even know how to find us. >> the brazen group, behind the attacks and kidnapping of african schoolchildren. >>> lethal respiratory virus spreading through the middle east. >> the egyptian wonders of the world. >> and celebrating a decade of singing in new orleans. >> and ukraine a country out of control. the military launched a new offensive against pro-russian forces in the east. between those that support the ukraine governments and those who want to join russia. we go to the port city of odessa. homa hamid reports. >> the trade union building was set on fire after a day of violent flashes between pro-russian and prounity fighters, the intensity of their smoke sent some jumping for their lives out their windows. dozens of others died suffocating. ukrainian police had been deployed earlier in the day but were unable orestrain either side. the clashes in o odessa underlie the problems that face the interim government. ukrainian forces launched a new offensive in the so-
Al Jazeera America
May 2, 2014 6:00pm EDT
and threaten russia with more sanctions. >>> in afghanistan, a landslide burst thousands,. >>> and the economy is gaining steam. the unemployment rate drops to its lowest level in six years. the conflict in ukraine is getting worse. today the ukrainian army launched a preemptive attack on the eastern part of the country. those forces however armed with rocket launchers aimed an shooting down two helicopter pilots. when prowrg prowrgs pro-russian. >> purports to show what the residents are slovyansk and the pro-russian procrastinates who made the eastern city their base woke to at dawn. the ukrainian army launched what it described as a large scale antiterrorist operation. the apparent objective for now not to overrun the city but to form a blockade around it. some separatists said they were ready to fight. >>> i will fight with whatever i have, if not a rifle then i will fight with my hands and strangle them so they won't mess with my lands. >>> sophisticated surface to air missiles, something the government in kyiv points to as evidence of russian involvement on the ground. >>> this man is sa
Al Jazeera America
May 2, 2014 4:00pm EDT
obama and angela merkel project unity on ukraine and threaten russia with sanctions. >>> mother nature strikes again, this time a massive mudslide in afghanistan - the death toll in the thousands. >>> the u.s. economy is gaping momentum, >>> this has been a day of violent conflict in ukraine. fighting broke out in the eastern part of the country as the ukranian army launched a heavy attack on pro-russian forces. they shot two ukranian helicopters. ukranians say the military access was a pre-emptive strike. in washington president obama, german chancellor angela merkel held talks on the crisis and in front of reporters the two leaders threatened sanctions against russia. we have reporters in ukraine and capitals around the world tracking the military and diplomatic developments. we start with al jazeera's jonah hall in donetsk. >> reporter: video posted on the internet purports to show what the residents of slovyansk and the pro-russian separatists that made the city their base woke to at dawn. the ukrainian army launched what it described as a large-scale anti-terror organization. the
Al Jazeera America
May 2, 2014 2:00pm EDT
is that this meeting was called by the russians, and it's pretty clear to me that now with russia being attacked by many countries around the world, russia seems to have a pretty consistent diplomatic strategy and that is attack is the best form of defense. hence they called this meeting, pa the russian ambassador who said it was ukraine that was violating the agreement reached in geneva in april. >> the white house is now insulted by our appeal to the kiev government to withdraw forces. before washington had requested elected president victor jankovic to not use force against its people. it's very strange logic that now force can be used against civilians. >> reporter: and he went on to say that he wanted his western colleagues to think twice about their policies. >>> president barack obama has met his german counterpart in washington, d.c. today. >> if we see the destabilization continuing so severely that impedes elections on may 25th, we will not have a choice but to move forward with additional, more severe sanctions, and the consultations have been taking place over the course of the last
Al Jazeera America
May 2, 2014 1:00pm EDT
are following for you. a meeting of the minds with german and the white house. and russia calling for an emergency meeting of the un security council. and a massive mud slide in afghanistan, the death toll could be in the thousands. ♪ >>> they stand united. that was the word from washington today as the president and germany's chancellor briefed reporters on the white house lawn. it was the first visit by angela merkel to the white house in three years, the two leaders discussing a wide range of issues talking about the crisis in ukraine and the nsa spy scandal that reported that perhaps her phone might have been tapped by the nsa. libby casey joins us by phone. and they seemed to be speaking from the same script. >> that's right, del. and one of the goals of this would be to portray a united front. the question is where do these countries go from here in terms of sanctions. even the new round of sanctions took a while to hammer out. and you could tell there are some differences when it comes to germany's goals and the u.s. goals in terms of how deep sanctions could or should go
Al Jazeera America
May 2, 2014 12:00pm EDT
of sanctions by the u.s. and european union stopped short of hitting russia's oil and gas industry. trade between the two countries amounted to $100 billion last year. >> we work very closely with russia. we are to some extent even dependant on russia gas, so for that reason we are hesitant to put more pressure on russia. >> reporter: foreign policy analyst mark fisher says the white house sees merkel as a possible bridge. >> she is the link of communication with putin right now. in that respect, being here in washington the day after she just talked to putin, it's very important for symbolic and political reasons. we're not so hot blooded so chancellor merkel is someone on the german scene and europe yoon political scene who likes to lead by consensus. >> reporter: that cool demeanor may keep the german chancellor from hitting president obama with a scathing public critique of the nsa monitoring her private calls. >> she will say very clearly that she is disappointed, but she will do that behind closed doors. she will talk very openly, i think to president obama about this issue, but she
Al Jazeera America
May 2, 2014 11:00am EDT
of the city is, and unclear also what it plans to do next. >>> meanwhile russia has called for an emergency meeting at the un security council. the best hope for ukraine could come from meeting taking place in washington. today angela merkel is making her first visit to the white house since the nsa scandal broke. libby casey has more. ♪ >> reporter: president obama and chancell chancellor merkel will meet for four hours at the white house. >> they will say publicly we have to go together and when it comes to ukraine, we have to work together to put more pressure on putin. but the interests are different. >> reporter: the latest round of sanctions by the u.s. and european union stopped short of hitting russia's oil and gas industry. trade between the two countries amounted to $100 billion last year. >> we work very closely with russia, we are to some extent even dependant on russian gas, so we're hesitant to put more pressure on russia. >> reporter: since the start of the ukraine crisis, chancellor merkel has spoken more than any other word leader with president putin. >> she right now is
Al Jazeera America
May 2, 2014 9:00am EDT
agreements signed by ukraine and russia last month. they included stepping which both sides would take to diffuse tensions in southeastern ukraine. at the same time, the foreign ministry has been saying in the last 24 hours, warning that the kiev government was going to take military strikes against, quote, its own people. the upper house of parliament here in moscow, senior members there, have been saying on friday that this proves that the international community has been naive about the kiev government when they believe that they are a democratic bunch of people. they, painting the events in slaviansk and other places as an attempt by the ukrainian military to attack civilians. we know that vladimir putin has sent a spokesman to the southeast of ukraine to try to help with negotiations to get the release of observers from the organization for security and cooperation in europe. we haven't heard about exactly where they are being held or how they are in the last few days. they were seized last week. but it's not clear whether the military operations on friday are going to help or hin
Al Jazeera America
May 2, 2014 7:00am EDT
. reports from inside suggest that it is tension but calm. >> okay, johnna hull -- engineers. >> russia and ukraine had both promised to deescalate tensions in ukraine as part of a deal. >> angela merkel set to meet with president obama. the crisis in ukraine and the stepped up sanctions against russia expected to top the agenda as libby casey reports, this is her first visit to washington since it was revealed that the inform sa was listening in on her conversations >> reporter: president obama and chancellor merkel will meet for four hours at the whitehouse as both leaders wrestle with how far to push russia. >> they will say we have to go together and when it comes to ukraine, we have to work together to put more pressure on putin. but the interests are different. >> the latest round of sanctions by the u.s. and european union stop short of hitting russia's oil and gas industry, an industry german is tied to. trade between the two countries amounted to $100,000,000,000 last year. >> we work closely with russia. we are to some extent even dependent on russian gas. for that reason, we
Al Jazeera America
May 2, 2014 6:00am EDT
in the case against the leader jerry adams. ♪ but first russia's president putin criticized ukraine for launching what we calls a punitive operation in the east of the country. kiev says it's blockading the town as part of an antiterrorist operation and ukraine defense ministry say pro-russian separatist shot down two of its helicopters in the region and pro-russia groups are now occupying government offices in several other towns and on wednesday they seized government offices and pro-russia separatists taken over government buildings and captured cancelled buildings and on thursday they took over the prosecutor's office in donsq. we have two correspondents covering the story and we will bet the russia reaction and we will go to eastern ukraine, this is a moving story, jona and bring us up to date with the latest situation report. >> reporter: it is indeed a moving story steve and it began about 4:30 a.m. outside when units of the ukrainian army appeared to launch the next phase in what kiev said was and antiterrorist operation and has been going on for weeks now with the army and
Al Jazeera America
May 1, 2014 8:00pm EDT
, i'm ali velshi, sayonara. rocked by a latests yeah explosion. crisis in ukraine, russia's grip now tied with the east, and the nato leader now calls the emelin an enemy. >> may day demands angry crowds across the globe, choose today to take to the streets. from the ashes how a crack down on the taliban is creating new opportunities for young pakistanis. and the silk solution, new medical possibilities using web fighters fibers from spiders and goats. >> . >> we begin with ex-treatment violence late today, at least dozen people killed in an explosion just outside the capitol. witnesses say a car bomb went off near the check point. no one has claimed responsibility but the armed group has targeted the city before in it's fight against western influence, a rough francelation means western education is forbidden. tonight's attacks come two weeks after suspected boca gunman kidnapped 200 nigerian school girls. >> what we know speaking to the authorities is that there was a vehicle that was apparently layden with explosives that went off not far from a check point that was been manned by
Al Jazeera America
May 1, 2014 6:00pm EDT
weather. in ukraine, the fears are growing from russian invasion. as the threatens rhetoric from russia's president gets louder. in seattle, the mayor announce as plan to raise the city's minimum wage to $15 an hour, the high nest the united states. and there are new images of toronto mayor rob ford, allegedly doing drugs yet again, ford says he is headed to rehab, won't talk to the leading challenger running against him, for mayor. >> for the first time in a few days the sun is shining here in the east coast, and communities in a dozen states are finally drying out and cleaning up. the stomps along the eastern seaboard were brutal. and philadelphia several inches of rain said rivers and streams over their banks, crews had to make their way through flooding streets. in maryland half way through baltimore, hundreds of people were told to evacuate after heavy rain flooded streets. authorities opened up nearby dams to prevent more flooding. and in florida a bay bay is one of hundreds of people rescued in pensacola. meanwhile, florida investigators are trying to determine if the heavy rains
Al Jazeera America
May 1, 2014 4:00pm EDT
the military out there in the east might provide a pretext for russia to cross the border with it's own troops. that said, it is a powerful statement from the kiev administration, that it is not going to allow the east simply to slip away. >> what more do we know about the violence and controlling the violence in the east? >> well, it's been -- as i say, a public holiday, that has meant that people aren't at work, in the east it has given them ample opportunity, there have been peaceful protests. which has been previous hot bed of unrest, there was a large but peaceful protest today. but that said, there have been demonstrations which have effectively taking more billings in several cities up there in the east, and the biggest was in a place called dunat. the sheer numbers and the violence that they were prepared to use, overwhelmed those riot police, they were stripped of their riot shields and they protective equipment, they were marched rather embarrassingly through a gauntlet of protestor and is demonstrators are very clearly in control of several buildings now. >> very difficult situation
Al Jazeera America
May 1, 2014 2:00pm EDT
. to the pro russia insurgency. along with ukraine. paul joining us live from kiev, tell us more, paul. >> good evening, david, the aannouncement was made today, public bank holiday took many people by surprise, although the parliament here voted in a closed session earlier last month. april, to bring this in, urging the president to actually do it. well, the president alexandar has done it, he put it out in his official grass debt. an official publication, a decree saying that men between the aimings of 18 and 25 of graduate level plus those who are graduated and with military training already, will be now subject to serving at least two years of national service within the ukrainian military. the decree as you say, comes into effect immediately. what is not clear whether they will start joining immediately, or wait for the autumn intake. it was originally scrapped under president he passed in 20 think teen. so this year was scrapped. now it has been introssed by the interim president, and directly in events in the east. it said as much, it was given the situation in the east and the south. ba
Al Jazeera America
May 1, 2014 1:00pm EDT
are demanding access to jobs and higher wages. in russia, tens of thousands marching through red square. it is the first such display of the soviet era ceremony. may day protestors also in the streets of indonesia. demonstrators say the peers in thailand have better living standards than they do. and in istanbul turkey, demonstrators clashing with police, police fired tier gas at the crowd near the historic square. protestors wanted to hold their rallies there, but were told no. more on the violence that followed. >> demonstrators and police have clashed in several neighborhoods. demonstrators tried to march to the square, the police prevented them using tier gas and water call nones. the government is preventing unions from using squares that a venue for the may day rally. distake right to demonstrateever and whenever they want. this is part of an on going struggle in this. there is not just about a may day rally, the government does have it's critics. it was democratically elected, it has won the local elections but it's critics believe it has been abusing it's power. nose who have ta
Al Jazeera America
May 1, 2014 11:00am EDT
. angela merkel will talk about the possibilities of sanctions with russia. >> in pakistan, the taliban has frequently targeted girls a schools in the north. more than 400 schools have been destroyed by that group. but since they have pushed the taliban out, more than 300 of them have been rebuilt. >> this footage captures the moment the taliban bombed the school. during the two years the armed group ruled the northern region, it destroyed more than 400 schools, many of them for girls. the reason the group said at the time was simple. the primary and secondary institutions were providing education that was too western, and non-islamic. today, the situation is very different. after the taliban was pushed out of the area by the military in 2009, more than 350 schools have been reconstructed with the help of foreign governments and international aid agencies. she's in the tenth grade. and she's happy to be back in the classroom. >> when the taliban was in control, they made us so afraid. i didn't go to school for two years. now they are gone, and we can get an education without fear. >> report
Al Jazeera America
May 1, 2014 9:00am EDT
. >> still ahead, russia says the ukrainian army must leave the southeastern cities. we'll be live in moscow. >> venezuela announced a 30% pay hike on may day. we'll tell you why not everyone's happy about it. >> in brazil, despite recent criticism from a top olympic committee official, brass still says it will be ready for the olympics. >> russian penalty vladimir putin has tolding a america that the ukrainian army must quit the southeast of the country, the kremlin said that putin made the comment in a phone call at the german chancellor thursday. we are joined live from moscow. tough talk from putin there, even as ukraine detains the russian defense attache in key every, likely to exacerbate the situation even further. >> that's right. that detention comes, of course amid a war of words, but not only that, between ukraine and russia, but it wasn't only vladimir putin making demands in that phone call, chancellor merkel would like to see vladimir putin help to obtain the release of foreign monitors held by separatist forces in the east of ukraine. at the same time, russia's foreign ministe
Al Jazeera America
May 1, 2014 7:00am EDT
at the ethnic minty that says the government limits their religion and culture. >> russia's military attache detained in kiev as a spy for moscow. the government is helpless against militias taking away government buildings. the military is on full alert for a possible russian invasion. we are in donetsk, eastern ukraine. what can you tell us about the expulsion of this military attache? >> we don't have much details except for what the interim government said in kiev, that he had gone beyond his mandate as a diplomat in this country and carried out duties that looked more like espionage rather than diplomacy. he has been expelled but no deadline given to leave the country. we don't knee if he is still here or actually left. nor have we heard comments from moscow. >> officials said they believe some of the militants in the east are being coordinated and funded by moscow he. are you seeing changes on the ground where you are in donetsk that would suggest a full scale invasion by russian forces is possible or imminent? >> well, the changes we're seeing on the ground are that more and more buil
Al Jazeera America
May 1, 2014 6:00am EDT
didn't want the change of government, wanted to stay with russia and perhaps enjoy cheaper gas from russia, and some financial assistance. i have to stress that this reform that i.m.f. is recommending, they are long overdue. if ukraine is interested in rebalancing the economy, putting it on healthy basis, they have to do it. they have to go through this main of the measures. they may have to. but can they. as i said, they have to. at the same time unfortunately these measures come at the worst time politically. if we take another country where the government is exceptionally popular and there's national unity, the measures could make any government unstable, let alone the ukrainian interim government where parts of the country are not under the control of the central authorities, so the issue of ability, the capability of the central government to carry out the reforms is the big question. we need to see whether they would be able to stick to their commitments taken under 30 april agreement with the i.m.f. >> it's interesting. it's a whole crisis in ukraine sparked by a rejection o
Al Jazeera America
May 1, 2014 3:00am EDT
power. >> zeina khodr reporting from that's correct sim square in istanbul. >> russia's military attache to ukraine has been ordered to leave the country. he's been held on suspicion of spying. ukraine's acting president says police and security forces are helpless to stop the unrest in parts of the east. >> ukraine is entering is 4-day national holiday, what we see at the cabinet office in central kiev, as predicted, armoured personnel carriers bringing snipers and special forces into the building as a drill orchestrated for the cameras, gathered around, for reassurance for the public and protection of the building itself. the acting president oleksandr turchynov warned that provocation and diversions would be raised during a 4-day holiday. security services are taking no chances. there are guards on all the doors, loded gun here, as we can see. and reality is that the warning that the acting president put out must not be allowed to spread to other areas here in kiev. they are adamant that places like odessa, and kiev, are just as much at risk as those places overrun by separatist eleme
Al Jazeera America
Apr 30, 2014 6:00pm EDT
a message to russia. we have more from eastern ukraine. >> firmly in the hans of the pro russian protesters who now occupy the police, security and regional government buildings, an embarrassment for the interim government who has been promis promising to strike back with a terror company that never really happened. now he points a finger at its own police forces. >> security service in these regions, first of all in the regions unable to fulfill it's duties to protect it's citizens. they are hopeless in these issues. furthermore some of these you wants assessed or are in cooperation with terrorist groups. >> reporter: the interim government's failure to retake buildings seems to only embolden pro russian militants. for many here the defense units. >> it's clear that these are organized people and organized groups they gather people and these buildings are just handed to them. >> reporter: police have been unable or unwilling to stop them. they're often seen standing around the barricades while protesters vow to bring down the government they belong to. some have lamented that kiev is not p
Al Jazeera America
Apr 30, 2014 2:00pm EDT
against the russian elements in the east, that would give the pretext that russia would require to move across the border. many are praising the government in kiev for not doing that, for not going fire-for-fire. what the acting president was saying to 20--well, more than 20 regional governors, their top priority over the next four days is to prevent the unrest which we've seen in those eastern regions from spreading further across the east and perhaps into the south of the country. we have heard that ministry of interior forces were doing their job or perhaps the city police were not doing their duties as required. >> the military exercises were going to be held tonight kiev. what's the latest on that? >> reporter: yes, it's a very strange one. there is an announcement on the city council website earlier on today. it spoke of tactical special training and the possibility that armored vehicles may be involved. thethey are planning military exercises in the early hours of thursday morning. it does appear there is some exercise training but it will fall short of the tanks rolling through
Al Jazeera America
Apr 30, 2014 12:00pm EDT
government buildings were taken over. >>> sanctions imposed on russia by the u.s. and the european union because of ukraine are meant to be targeted against those close to president vladimir putin. but the international monetary fund believes the loss of confidence caused by the sanctions is weakening russian's economy. >> reporter: a bad week for the russian economy has just got worse. the international monitor fund says the country is now in recession. >> difficult situation, and especially the uncertainties surrounding the geopolitical situation and [ inaudible ] sanctions and escalation on sanctions are weighing very anying lively on the investment client. >> reporter: they have added new names to the lists of people subject to sanctions. they cited vt putin's failure to rain in separatists in eastern ukraine. russia's central bank says investors moved $64 billion out of the country. but all three though latest amf announcement seem like bad gnus for russia, some people here are suggesting that the figures could be a blessing in disguise. >> translator: it is positive for russia beca
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were taken over by pro-russia groups in the east. let's get more now on those elections in iraq. kamal has been keeping a close eye on what has been happening on social media. >> yes. we want to look at what interest might actually be in the united states in these elections. i saw this just a moment ago. and my producer did i should say, this is someone who snapped a picture at their old high school. and this is a queueing system of old school tables with bits of tape in between them, and they have created a queueing system for a polling station there. and this is one of my favorites, the mother on the right-hand side has clearly voted but her two children want to feel like they are part of the election process, and they have the purple on their finger. as i said to laura, we want to talk to the united states here and what level of interest there might be in the elections. i'm going to start with this graphic, and it is really quite brilliant. it shows you this first circle, which is 50, $60 billion. that is the initial estimate of what this war was going to cost. the post war, and wat
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are standing, are sanctions impacting russia or its supporters in eastern ukraine? >> that's a very difficult question to ask. you'd have to say the ultimate intention of these sanctions is to prevent a russian invasion of eastern ukraine and if that invasion does not happen, was it due to the sanctioners not. i suspect we might be arguing about that for months or years to come, but as rewards the conduct of pro russian groups in the east, they don't seem deterred at all, quite the contrary. they seem more emboldened on each day, going very much on the offensive, they are on the front, sanctions or not. >> barnaby phillips for us in donetsk in eastern you a crane, thank you. >> parliamentary elections, first time they have headed to the polls since the u.s. pulled out in 2011. there are reports of attacks outside the capitol. we are at a polling side in baghdad. how has the turnout been so far where you are? >> this polling station in central baghdad, they are voting just through those doors, has about 3,500 registered voters, about 1,000 people have turned up so far. now what an independent
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. >>> basketball responds to the life ban given to l.a. clippers owner donald sterling. . >> russia accused the west of revising cold war tactics after new sanctions were imposed over the ukrainian crisis. 15 more people were added to the list of russian officials, facing asset freedss and travel -- friezes and travel bands. >> the chief of the international monetary funds megs to moscow says russia's economy is falling into recession. antonio says the country experienced two quarters of negative growth which is likely to continue. he had sanctions against russia over the ukrainian crisis. to further damage the economy. >> let's spoke to the correspondent. it's a bleak picture painted by the i.m.f. >> it certainly is. the i.m.f. chief in moscow said, as you explained, he believes russia's economy is in recession because there has been two quarters of negative growth. the prediction for this year was 1.3% growth, they are saying the economy will grow by 0.2%. i think that's a worrying statistic for many economists. further to that the i.m.f. mission chief says that there'll be $100 billion i
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that a take over by u.s. company will mean job losses for the french. >>> russia has accused the west of reviving cold war tactics. on tuesday the you european union added 15 more people on the list of russian and ukrainian officials facing asset freezes and travel bands. washington announced a new set of sanctions. president obama said he would not impose more sanctions. >> eastern ukraine - gunman opened fire as they took control of more buildings. pro-russian able to visits stormed the headquarters for police and luhansk. barnaby phillips reports from the city of donetsk. gungun. >> reporter: the pro-russian crowd forced their way into the government building in liuhansk they seemed incapable or unwilling to take on the crowds. they refused to hand their weapons over. then they were escorted away. the crowd revelled in their victory. they took over more buildings in the town. later pro-russian gunmen opened fire in an attack on the police station. so pro-russian groups extend their control. they want to hold a referendum in early may. in order for the vote to be credible they need
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death threats and he and his family fled to kiev. >> some of those opposed to russia say they have had enough. this video appeared on youtube. these men are ukrainian patriots ready to fight the ipp vadors. divisions in the -- invaders. divisions in the east are heart nipping. >> coming up, above it all. drones, disasters and the faa. >>> plus on the front lints, battle over -- front lines. mississippi's last-remaining abortion clinic. all that and more >> good evening to you. welcome back to al jazeera america. i'm morgan radford live in new york city. we have a lot to cover this half hour, including risking it all - why a doctor is commuting to a mississippi health clinical the way from chicago. >>> a photographer chronicles cramped quarters where migrants live in chinatown. >>> and legalizing marijuana - the first count are to legalize pot. >>> the los angeles clippers are on the court of the their owner is not. he was banned for life and hit with a $2.5 million fine and the possibility of selling his team. >> the justices will decide whether or not police need warrants to search th
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. and pro-russia activists are tightening *their grip on eastern cities. hundreds stormed buildings across luhansk today, a province that borders russia. barnaby phillips is in eastern ukraine with this report. >> the pro-russian crowd swept into the government building in luhansk unopposed- and despite widespread rumours that this takeover was imminent- the police did nothing- they seem unwilling to take on the crowds, and they were escorted away. so pro russian groups continue to extend their control in eastern ukraine. they want to hold them in early may, but in order for that vote to be credible, they need to have a large number area of authority. and that's what's driving them on. but how fair would such a vote be? roman lazorenko runs a news website in donetsk- we're going to his office - he's taken down the name plaque- and most of his staff are too afraid to come here- after a visit by a group of masked men who said he should report more favourably on the self-declared 'people's republic of donetsk' >> if the influence of the people's republic of donetsk grows, then it will be diff
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sanctions against russia, but they have not flown across eastern ukraine. more than a pro russian pargeterprotesters storm headqus armed with baseball bats. barnaby phillips with the late latest. >> reporter: the pro-russian crowd swept into the government building unopposed. despite widespread rumors that the takeover was imminent, the police did nothing. they did refuse to hand their weapons over. then chi they were escorted awa. pro-russian groups want to hold a referendum in early may, but in order for that vote to be credible they need a large enough area under their authority. that is what is driving them on at the moment. but how fair would such a vote be? roman runs a news website in don estk. we'll go to his office. he's taking down the name plaque and staff who are too afraid to come here after a group of masked men came with baseball bats who said they should report more favorbly on the people's republic of donestk. >> i have one colleague who has received death threats. he has fled to kiev. >> reporter: some of those opposed to russia say they have enough. this video a
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the u.s. secretary says sanctions against russia are working. they have not slowed dissent across ukraine. protesters occupy buildings in one of the largest cities in the east. more than 1,000 storm buildings armed with baseball bats and opened fire on police headquartersers. >> reporter: a day after washington announced a new round of sanctions, brussels linked the names of 15 linked to event in ukraine that it targets. nine are russian, ipp clueing demimry kozak who oversaw the crimea region into russia's federation. >> the e.r. u operator, and the defence minister in charge of the drops on the border. deputy foreign minister says:. >> the american list goes further, including companies and individuals, but stops short of targetting firms like rosnest, the oil giant, simply placing a ban and freeze on its director. now, russia will only feel the effect if there are further sanctions hitting the financial and energy sectors here. things which could hurt europe's interests as well. >> this mostly looks like political gestures, rather than any actions which can really jeopardise -
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today. hundreds of pro-russian separatists storming the building today. meanwhile russia is criticizing the sanctions imposed by the u.s. and eu, but the west says those sanctions are needed because russia is destabilizing ukraine. the white house contains to maintain there will be no military involvement on the part of the u.s. >> typically criticism of our foreign policy has been directed at the failure to use military force. and the question i think i would have is why is it that everybody is so eager to use military force after we have just gone through a decade of war at enormous costs to our troops and to our budget. >> meanwhile the mayor of kharkiv now being treated at a hospital in high fa, israel. he was shot in the back. officials say he is currently in a medically induced coma. >>> secretary of state john kerry saying he has hoped for a deal in peace talks today, but both sides remain bitterly divided. nick schifrin is in jers lem, and the u.s. is saying this is just a pause, but are we actually seeing the end of any line? >> well, as you know, it's never really the end of t
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. on the list is the current director of russia's intelligence agency, and valerie, the first deputy minister of defense and the army general in charge of the deployment of russian troops along the ukrainian border. >>> the new list announced by brussels includes 15 individuals, 9 of whom are russian. some of them are political like the deputy chair of the lower house of parliament here in russia who was instrumental in starting legislation to inkorea grate the crimea region into the russian federation. others are military, like russia's deputy defense minister and chief of the armed services. they said brussels is doing the bidding of washington with unfriendly gestures. the deputy foreign minister said it is a repeat of 1949 when the west imposed what he calls an iron curtain on the soviet union and other nations. the ministry has said it is ready to respond, but won't rush its response. commentators have generally said it's clear both the eu and us are holding back and not going as far as they could. basically they are going after people linked to vladimir putin not after the big firms the
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. in 2010, north korea shelled a south korean island, leaving four dead. >> russia's biggest trading partner announcing bigger sanctions because of the ukraine crisis, e.u. saying there are tarts. the u.s. imposed sanctions against seven top russian officials linked to russian president vladimir putin. the u.s. saying it will freeze their assets and ban them from obtaining american visas. in ukraine, the division between those in favor of russia and those for a united ukraine are getting deeper. ukraine's parliament meeting in kiev over ongoing tensions in the eastern cities. we are in donetsk, ukraine. what is the reaction on the streets? do they think sanctions will change the reality on the ground? >> at the moment, there is not much reaction. i think it's irrelevant to what this region is going through at the moment. you won't see direct impact and many people don't understand what sanctions mean and how will it change what's happening here. yesterday with all impunity, gunman, the usual ones with their faces covered seized another local building. then there was these riots here in the c
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remarks. ♪ the eu released a new list of 15 names of russia and ukrainians imposing sanctions on and targets politician and military leaders. one of the names on the list is the current director of russia's foreign intelligence agency, giu. some of the others are. and russia's deputy prime minister who over saw criteria into russia after it was annexed and valarie, the first deputy minister of defense and army general in charge of the deployment of russian troops along the ukrainian border. across in moscow and we are joined live from there, and putin himself with talks got close to him and why are these particular men being targeted? >> reporter: well, laura, first of all we should point out unlike the list released on monday including companies and individuals the eu list is putting a travel pan and asset freeze on individuals only. now some of those as you were listing are key military officials and some of them linked to the de-facto annexation of crimea including a member of the duma, russian parliament responsible for starting legislation to integrate crimea into russian
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, the riding tensions over ukraine and the new sanctions against russia. how will putin respond? sterling speaks. as sponsors flee and players protest, the nba own ter accused of racism talks. drivers not wanted. here comes the google car, hands-free, road-tested. it's ready. but are you? we begin tonight with the growing controversy surrounding peace in the middle east. it centers around comments made by secretary of state john kerry that have angered some israeli and american politicians. speaking of foreign dig nat taries on friday, he saidisition is in danger of becoming in his words an apartheid state: scariry was describing pos ticket sconsequences. reaction was swift, especially fromvannator ted cruz who quickly called on kerry to resign. >> i believe the secretary kerry has proven himself unsuitable for the position he holds and, therefore, before any further harm is done to our national security interests and to our critical alliance with the nation of israel that john kerry should offer president obama his resignation. >> tonight, secretary of state kerry apologized for the comm
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siegenthaler in new york. crisis in ukraine, new economic pun lishment for russia, and new violence. >> translator: right now the government in kiev are the pub -- puppets of the americans. >>> russia follow the money. the billions at stake in the kremlin's standoff with ukraine. >>> storm track, dangerous and deadly storms ripping through the country, and recovery, the philippines battling back six months after a devastating typhoon. >>> tonight in eastern ukraine, violence exploded in the streets. pro russia activists crashed a pro-government rally. they beat protesters with baseball bats. and in another major city the mayor was shot in the back. now the u.s. is imposing more sanctions against moscow. this is the fourth time the ups has gone this route. this time the focus is on seven russian officials and 17 companies with close ties to vladimir putin. they will face travel bans and asset freezes. the u.s. is curving exports of high-tech products to russia. the european union says it will impose similar sanctions tomorrow. mike viqueira joining us now from manila. mike, what is t
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. >>> more action against russia for its role in the crisis in ukraine. sanctions were imposed on 17 companies with ties to vladimir putin's inner circle and moved to freeze items that could help the russian ministry. peter sharp has more from moscow. >> reporter: all the latest names and companies have strong links to vladimir putin as the u.s. tries to up the pressure on the russian leader by hitting those close to him. deputy prime minister, in charge of planning the country olympics. the boss of state-owned oil giant rosneft and the man in charge of ros tech, the technology state corporation. they will join others close to putin on the sanctions list, like the president's chief of staff. billon air gas trader who said he felt honoured to be punished by washington. the west says sanctions have already had an impact by scaring investors into pulling $65 billion out of the economy. this year the key stock index has been down by about 15%. russia's currency, the ruble lost 9% of its value since jan. >> washington said it would deny export licences for high-tech equipment that could b
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. the n.b.a. investigating. >>> sanctions on russia - greater costs over actions in ukraine. >>> thanks for being with us people across the heartland are cleaning up the damage from a string of deadly tornados. pictures and other items littered the ground in berlonia arkansas. daybreak brought the heart-breaking sight of damages. in hundreds of homes and business business - damaged or destroyed by a tornado. jonathan betz is joining us with more. devastating images. >> yes, at least 16 killed. it's the deadliest tornado that arkansas river saw in 17 years. the governor expects the death toll to rise. >> reporter: the quitest start to a tornado season ended with a vengeance. dozens touching down destroying towns in the midsection, and taking lives. >> he came in, he didn't say nothing, he went like this, i said "tornado", and everything was hitting. >> drivers swallowed by black clouds. >>e, we are pulling over -- yes, we are pulling over. we'll back up. >> central arkansas was hit hard. towns north of little rock. rescuers dug through debris, searching for dividers. in cars thrown along
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of the sanctions placed on russia is the right response. >> u.s. and europe turn up the heat on vladimir putin's inner circle. exploding to violence in eastern ukraine. >>> international buyers circle. >> and searching through the wreckage after a wave of tornadoes kills at least 17 people in the united states. it has been an unprecedented day in egypt with 683 people sentenced to death for their roles in the violence following the ousting of mohamed morsi last july. one of the 683 is the muslim brotherhood leader, mohamed bahdi, who says he quill continue his course. however commuted several other death sentences passed in march. al jazeera reports. >> relatives in shock. moments after the verdict was announced. heavy security was deployed outside the court building, where egyptian presiding judge said youssef subjected members of the muslim brotherhood to death. including the group's leader, a political group to which former egyptian president mohamed morsi belongs. the defendants sentenced on monday are accused of insighting violence, killing a policeman in southern egypt. the attack happen
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